'''John Smith Hurt''', better known as '''Mississippi John Hurt''' (July 3, 1893
[[http://www.nps.gov/history/DELTA/BLUes/people/msjohn_hurt.htm National Park Service]] [[http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/277386/Mississippi-John-Hurt#tab=active~checked%2Citems~checked&title=Mississippi%20John%20Hurt%20--%20Britannica%20Online%20Encyclopedia Encyclopædia Britannica]]
or March 8, 1892
[There is confusion about his date of birth, but the [http://www.cr.nps.gov/delta/blues/sites/ms_sites.htm#mjh_grave grave marker] mentions this date.]
– November 2, 1966) was an American country blues
singer and guitarist.
Raised in Avalon, Mississippi
, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age nine. Singing to a melodious Fingerstyle|finger-picked
he began to play local dances and parties while working as a sharecropper
. He first recorded for Okeh Records
in 1928, but...